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01 December 2009 @ 10:14 pm
Elephants  
It seems like I have been away forever from the world of blogging. There is still so much to show from the trip to Africa in September but I never got around to processing those photographs or even looking at them. Life-changing events (in a good sense!) have kept me busy in the past month and I hope I can get around to processing the remaining photographs from the Africa trip at least. What subject would be better to restart this near defunct blog? Elephants!

Loxodonta africana, the African Bush Elephant. I've waited forever to see the largest land-based animal in the wild and they really look tiny in the massive Serengeti. At least, that's the case until you get close to one of those things and realize how huge they are. When you're used to seeing elephants in the Indian subcontinent you feel that their African relatives would be similar in behavior. Elephants in India need a cautious approach. It is perhaps frequent conflict with men that makes some herds in India aggressive. Charges, mock-charges and tail-twisted flight are all common with wild elephant encounters back at home, but the Serengeti (and Northern Tanzania in general) turned out to be a much different experience. Elephants are calm and at peace with men here and they don't run or charge that frequently. In fact, it is probably safe to say that some of the elephants are rather tame. We had a bull elephant drinking water at our campsite near the Ngorongoro crater and even with people just a few small footsteps away, the bull went about his business and calmly walked out into the wild. It is such a nice experience to watch animals when they aren't feeling scared or feeling the need to attack/defend.








Elephants in the Serengeti






Drama queen






A mock fight






On the plains






A young one






An old bull in the Ngorongoro crater





 
 
 
purely_narcoticpurely_narcotic on December 2nd, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
I was walking back from work when I thought about how you haven't posted in what seems to be ages. Good to see a post, Yathi! :)

Will catch up with you sooooooon. *continues grinning*
Seal: sweetsealwhiskers on December 2nd, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
Glad to see you back! Gorgeous pictures, I particularly like the drama queen, she feels like a relative! :)
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on December 2nd, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
The old bull appealed to me. It seems to me like he and I are sharing the same back pain!
sandeep: eyedeepsan on December 2nd, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
>>It is such a nice experience to watch animals when they aren't feeling scared or feeling the need to attack/defend.
That thins the line between wild animals and animals adapted to humans(monkeys and dogs for example)
Kathy Walkerkatbyte on December 2nd, 2009 09:39 am (UTC)
I have missed you. Tell us about the good life changing experiences. Always good to see your fabulous pictures.

Mel: Heronkendokamel on December 2nd, 2009 10:17 am (UTC)
So very cool! (:

Thanks for sharing!
Gopal Venkatesang13n on December 2nd, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
Yathik back to action again :)
Superb shots man, especially I like the "mock fight" and the "young one" - its so cute.
summer_jackelsummer_jackel on December 2nd, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
/happy sigh/
Nice to see you back!
kruthikruthi on December 3rd, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
Welcome back Yathin, Amazing photos, as usual :-)
depontideponti on December 3rd, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
I was *just* about to email you and make my usual enquiry, when I saw this post and am happy about the "life-changes" :)

Somehow, to my Indian-elephant-used eyes, the shape of the African elephant is weird. :)

But I too found them very docile; we could go up close to herds without worry...I was explaining to our guide how we would never do that in India!
88greenthumb88greenthumb on December 4th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
Cool elephant photos. I like the young one's pose.

Welcome back ! I was absent from LJ for about 9 months, so I'm worse than you. I've just gotten back, sort of, a few weeks ago.
Aparna: Animalsinspirethoughts on December 5th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
I was wondering if you had taken a sabbatical from LJ! Glad to see your post again!

Loved the young elephant! He is so cute!
Subodhsubodhs on December 8th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
Elephants - I always imagined them to be so ... invincible.
Did you see the lions and the young elephant being hunted in Planet Earth? I guess I'd always feel that sadness for elephants now. Nice pictures; I just wish I did not see "Planet Earth."